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Video: Inspirational Woman in Wheelchair Dives
By Angela Messina, January 26, 2013 @ 11:30 AM (EST)
Source: TED.com

At a recent TED Talk, Sue Austin, a multimedia, performance, and installation artist, discussed her experience of living life using a wheelchair and about the exhilaration and freedom she experienced when she learned how to dive using a special chair.

Austin talks about the freedom to move in 360 degrees when underwater and describes how she came to her decision to dive: “When I began to dive in 2005, I realized scuba gear extends your range of activity in just the same way as a wheelchair does, but the associations attached to scuba gear are ones
of excitement and adventure—completely different from people's responses to the wheelchair. So I thought, ‘I wonder what would happen if I put the two together?’”

You can hear Austin tell her inspirational story and see footage of her diving on the TED page.

 

 

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